Liz Gannes

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Johnny Foursquare (No More Johnny F.) Has Checked In at a New Privacy Policy

Foursquare told users via email that as of Jan. 28 it will show their full names by default, instead of first name/last initial, and that business locations will be able to see more than the current three-hour history of their visitors’ check-ins. Both privacy policy changes make the service more friendly to businesses, and the first clears up inconsistency in how names were displayed throughout the product. The company is trying to be uber-careful about rolling out privacy changes in light of other services’ recent screwups.


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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work